Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand, Share Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $30

Enjoy casual fine dining and stunning lake views at the Water Bar in Wanaka.

With a fantastic location and a carefully-curated menu, the Water Bar is a great spot for a laid-back lunch, delicious dinner or an entertaining night of live music. Offering the finest in Kiwi cuisine, grab a group of friends and share platters of crispy chicken wings, vegetarian tacos and tasty jalapeno poppers. Or sit down for a dinner of slow-roasted Cardrona Merino Lamb, sizzling New Zealand steak and freshly-made pizzas, with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options available. There’s even a fun kids menu to keep the little ones happy!

After your meal, why not take a drink into the bar and enjoy a lively evening of entertainment? As well as great food and friendly service, the Water Bar is well-known as a buzzing venue for live music, with a fantastic variety of bands, DJs and fun themed nights.

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Water Bar
145 Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305

Open Hours:
Everyday: 12pm - 2:30am

Phone: +64 3 443 4345
Website: www.waterbarwanaka.co.nz/

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Water Bar
Location: Wanaka
Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand, Share Plates
Mains: $15 - $30

Reviews

Great experience. Super friendly staff, great food and amazing views! Happy to recommend the Water Bar to anyone looking for a fantastic outing in Wanaka.

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What a WONDEFUL way to spend the lunch hour today. Down at the Water Bar, our waiter was a star. The salmon and chips left me licking my lips ! Come to Wanaka, you will see - Water Bar is the place to be.

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Leony Dudfield

Great food & service. We had lamb shank, pumpkin & feta salad, crispy chicken and kids meals fish & chips and margherita pizza. Kids meals were quite big portion. Had no complain about the food. We sat outside and it was a nice day. Even the kids enjoyed it, they had fun playing Connect 4 while waiting.

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Eddy Tse

I had lunch , one had the steak and myself salmon and other Pizza chicken wing. The food was excellent and serviced in good time the wait staff explained the platter options and helped as decide which platter was best. The pub was busy, but the atmosphere was relaxed. I would highly recommend dining at water bar

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Marie Burch

We were warmly greeted by Hemi on arrival and his service was great. The restaurant was warm (a cold day outside) and the view, fabulous. The menu is simple fare, but what they do, they do well. Blue cod was perfectly cooked, but without first table would be on the high-side price-wise. Chicken parmigiana was delicious and very generous portions. As with other reviews, the fries are fabulous. I would return here - even without first table, but on a hot day and enjoy a few drinks and food at a table on the deck.

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Great experience. Super friendly staff, great food and amazing views! Happy to recommend the Water Bar to anyone looking for a fantastic outing in Wanaka.

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Good food, awesome crew. I had a really good time with my parents.

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Becky Ainsworth

Beautiful food, gorgeous staff. My only one qualm would be that they dont do gravy! Otherwise just lovely :)

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Alyssa McCormack

Nice location, good food.

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Luanne Hunt

Food tasted amazing, service was quick and easy. The bar itself was cosy, warm with lots of space. We visited the bar during winter for lunch.

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What a WONDEFUL way to spend the lunch hour today. Down at the Water Bar, our waiter was a star. The salmon and chips left me licking my lips ! Come to Wanaka, you will see - Water Bar is the place to be.

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John-Ray Tait

Unfortunately it was extremely cold on they day so we didn’t brave sitting outside to be mesmerized by the sparkling wonder of Lake Wanaka - but there is no denying aptly named Water Bar, has a spectacular view. The interior was a modern day pub with cozy booths and vibrant atmosphere. Our waiter was an expert on local and regional beers and gave me a great recommendation for a stout - best I ever had. The food was delicious - we had tender Calamari, a mouthwatering gourmet pizza and some roasted broccoli on the side. Totally recommend.

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local pub atmosphere. best seats are outside, but people are allowed to smoke right beside you while you eat which is not nice. Food was good, pumpkin salad was awesome

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Excellent lunch great service and stunning views highly recommend

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Jimmy Emery

This is a great place in Wanaka right next to the lake. We stopped in for lunch and played a couple of games of pool also. Beautiful log fire. Good food we had slow cooked brisket, a beef burger and chicken tacos.

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Great place for lunch with friends. Recommend this spot, chicken tacos were great!

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As usual very good will be back

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Masaki Fukui

Good meals. had a great time with my family.

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Quyet Trinh Vu

The restaurant is located at a very prime location in front of the Wanaka lake, which offers great view from the deck outside. The lunch menu was more of a fastfood menu rather than something of highend cuisine experience, but that makes sense when you want to spend most of the time around the lake and less for eating. But that doesn't mean the food wasn't good - it's simply a sensible menu for a passerby.

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Leony Dudfield

Great food & service. We had lamb shank, pumpkin & feta salad, crispy chicken and kids meals fish & chips and margherita pizza. Kids meals were quite big portion. Had no complain about the food. We sat outside and it was a nice day. Even the kids enjoyed it, they had fun playing Connect 4 while waiting.

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Arlyn Flores

It was great place, the view is nice overlooking the Wanaka lake. The service is good and the food is lovely. They also have selection of tap beer. Our order came just as we expected and it didn't us. We will going to come back again.

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ETHEL YU

Great food,fast service.will definitely go back to dine in case we are at wanaka.

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Lisa Collins

Great food! And great service! Will definitely be back!

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Eddy Tse

I had lunch , one had the steak and myself salmon and other Pizza chicken wing. The food was excellent and serviced in good time the wait staff explained the platter options and helped as decide which platter was best. The pub was busy, but the atmosphere was relaxed. I would highly recommend dining at water bar

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Shannon Thompson

Loved the tacos & salads, would eat here again!

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Nice view and food.

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Kate Mohr

Had a great meal here at the Water bar, pawn salad was tasty. Friendly and helpful service with a great outlook over the lake. I’d definitely be back next time I’m in wanaka.

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Very average food. Service good

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Antonina Kraakman

Great place, amazing food, very nice friendly staff, highly recommend

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Amanda Murray

Excellent food. Great service. Will definitely be back soon

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Deanah Lloyd

We had a pizza and chicken parmigiana, the food was absolutely delicious could not fault it at all.
The guy who waited on us was super friendly and competent.
Location is a great park of wanaka over looking the lake. Would reccomend and return.

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Susan Leaman

Food and service was very good.

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Our lunch was delicious. The blue cod was lovely and fresh and the steak was tasty and the bang bang chicken was yummy. The staff were awesome. Thank you very much. We will be back.

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Loved it, real solid place for a lunch bite!

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Kalvin Duduche

Excellent location, view on the lake.
the menu is huge, quite hard to make a decision.
we had some light bites to start with and that was already a lot! Really furnished plates. The chicken tacos and Jalapeños poppers are amazing!
as mains we took a pizza and the salmon. A bit disappointed by the the salmon dish as it is just a piece of salmon with veges and mash, nothing extraordinary, but good.
pizza was really good. Base is slightly different than usual and lots of toppings!

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Fiona Gurnsey

Great restaurant plenty of upbeat atmosphere

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Mary Cleall

Quick efficient service. Superb views of the lake from the outside deck, covered deck and inside.
The food all looked great. Generous portions. The Blue Cod fish and chips was beautifully fresh. Highly recommend them.

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Marie Burch

We were warmly greeted by Hemi on arrival and his service was great. The restaurant was warm (a cold day outside) and the view, fabulous. The menu is simple fare, but what they do, they do well. Blue cod was perfectly cooked, but without first table would be on the high-side price-wise. Chicken parmigiana was delicious and very generous portions. As with other reviews, the fries are fabulous. I would return here - even without first table, but on a hot day and enjoy a few drinks and food at a table on the deck.

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Steak was good, just what you'd expect from a pub meal, waffles for dessert were disappointing, overcooked and dry. Service was very good.

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Kylie Arnesen

Fabulous service. Prioritized over a large group that walked in at the same time as us.
Delicious food! Deep fried pickles...yum!! Left very full and very satisfied.

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Ruaidhri De Faoite

Great location and excellent staff, perfect place for lunch on the water front.

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Good food great veiw

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Lisa Ramaseder

Fantastic food and service for lunch! For sure some of the best fries we ever had, the steak was on point and the brisket delicious!! We will be back.

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Bailey Busslinger

The food was excellent! The selection on the menu was great and we didn't need to wait long for the food either. The views from the front patio are beautiful, makes for a nice relaxed setting! Would go back 100%

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Edith Liang

The staff and service were very nice.

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Quinton Penniall

First time dining at Water Bar. Overall the experience was very good. The calamari starter was delicious.
Service was brilliant. Food was a little slow in coming out, however, was tasty!

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Chainey-Lee McLaren

We definitely weren't hungry when. We left! Tacos, sliders and burgers are for sure the things to order. Would have been nicer to have all the food arrive together, but couldn't fault it when it arrived

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Leonie Pomana

Great food and service, we had 2kids with us and their meals ended up being free. They also supplied colouring in books and connect 4, kept kids busy. Great afternoon

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Food was very nice, the only frustration was, we waited for nearly an hour for the food to arrive even though the restaurant wasn't that full. Great service, atmosphere was nice. Thanks.

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Adrian Ting

Food was excellent, though it took a bit of waiting time for the food to come, otherwise all good. Service was acceptable, nice environment to dine in.

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A very nice meal. Recommend the Salmon although all the mains that were ordered were to a very high standard. Highly recommend.

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Emma Moo

Nice sitting in the sun outside. They let me change the chips to salad, had the blue cod which was yummy.

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Karen Petty

The steaks and barbecue ribs were outstanding and good sized meal. Service was excellent, very fast friendly service. Well priced food and drinks and a lively fun venue with a range of seating options. Highly recommended.

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Sue Woffindin

Great place with a view to enjoy! Service was quick and food delicious. We did share the bar with the staff from Cardrona and the noise level was extremely loud but this was out of the control of the establishment and just showed what a popular place it is. I would recommend for the view.

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